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In this paper, we explore the problems associated with exception handling from a new dimension: the human. We designed a study that evaluates (1) different perspectives of software developers to understand how they perceive exception handling and what methods they adopt to deal with exception handling constructs, and (2) the usefulness of a visualization(More)
This paper presents a new approach for locating and repairing faults that cause runtime exceptions in Java programs. The approach handles runtime exceptions that involve a flow of an incorrect value that finally leads to the exception. This important class of exceptions includes exceptions related to dereferences of null pointers, arithmetic faults (e.g.,(More)
This paper presents a new visualization technique for supporting the understanding of exception-handling constructs in Java programs. To understand the requirements for such a visualization, we surveyed a group of software developers, and used the results of that survey to guide the creation of the visualizations. The technique presents the(More)
—Although many static-analysis techniques have been developed for automatically detecting bugs, such as null dereferences, fewer automated approaches have been presented for analyzing whether and how such bugs are fixed. Attempted bug fixes may be incomplete in that a related manifestation of the bug remains unfixed. In this paper, we characterize the "(More)
This paper presents a case study that reports the findings of a preliminary ethnographic study (35 days of fieldwork over a period of two months) conducted at a service-based software company. The focus of the study was on understanding the human-dimension and social aspects involved in software testing. In this paper, we present the design of the study,(More)